Most people support a specific charity because of a personal connection—and Midwest Illinois APA League Operators Bruce and Dana Patton certainly fall into that category.  For the past three years, the Patton’s have conducted a Scotch Doubles Tournament to benefit the ALS Association.  The tournament is held in memory of long time APA member Bob Hinkle, Jr., who passed away in fall 2007—less than a year after being diagnosed with ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The tournament took place on Dec. 19 at Baxter’s in Fairview Heights, Ill.  The modified single elimination tournament boasted 22 teams. The father and son team of Marty and Martin Kaczmarowski took first place.

The event also featured an exhibition by world famous trick shot artist, Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman, who stuck around after his show to run a lag competition.  Dr. Cue and his wife then graciously matched the amount collected from the lag competition!  Ethan Adams took first place in the lag competition, while Mark Montgomery finished second.

The benefit raised $1,452 for the ALS Association, which was donated to the St. Louis Regional Chapter.

Please visit alsa.org for more information about the ALS Association; for additional information about the Midwest Illinois APA go to midwestil.apaleagues.com.

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